Emotions can play a big part when buying a house. It’s easy to get carried away with the excitement of a big purchase like a new home. There are some important things to consider in addition to the price, size, and over all style of the house. This article will discuss some other important factors that you need to consider.
1. Check out the surrounding area as soon as possible. This is especially important if you are moving to an area that you are not that familiar with. There are occasions where nice neighborhoods have been built on the other side of less than desirable neighborhoods or a trashy commercial area. Get a good feel for the entire area not just your street. Also check to see how close you would be to railroad tracks, hospitals, airports and such. Unwanted noise at odd hours of the day and night is not a good way to get started in your new home.
2. Make sure and visit the house at several different times of the day. If there is a school nearby you want to be prepared for the amount of traffic and noise this may bring. Depending on where the light comes in, the house may look completely different at other times and you may spot things that otherwise may have remained hidden. You may visit at a time where it seems to be a quiet unassuming street only to find that during rush hour it’s difficult to get in or out of your driveway.
3. Find out if the neighborhood has a Home Owners Association or something similar. If they do you want to know as much as possible about it. Find out if they have a monthly flyer or email listing community events and get togethers. Even if community events aren’t really your thing You will at least know that they are building a community that watches out for each other and what services they offer like a neighborhood watch program or something similar.
4. Check the water pressure in the house. This means flushing all the toilets and checking all the showers. If you like a lot of water pressure when taking a shower you want to know this before buying the house. Now this may not be a deal breaker for a lot of people but it is one of those little things that can make a difference when added to other things you may have noted. Plumbing also follows along those lines. While you are doing this you can also check for water damage that may signal leaks.
5. Make a list of all the little things that you want in a house. Make sure that you bring this list with you while you are checking out potential new homes. It’s very easy to forget a lot of things during the excitement of house hunting. Check the items off your list as you go through the house. While a complete home inspection will detect problems with the house such as leaks, it won’t point out annoying issues like a lack of recessed lighting or neighbors who don’t keep their yards neat.
What’s on your to do list before buying a home?